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The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.

The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.
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The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.




The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Holly hopes she doesn't get thrown in with The People Under the Stairs (1991), Wes Craven's social comment on class warfare between a ghetto-born kid named Fool and a couple of wealthy weirdos, played by Twin Peaks alumni Everett McGill and Wendy Robie. To keep from being evicted, Fool and Co. break into the ridiculously fortified, booby-trapped house of their landlords and finds breaking out nearly impossible. Listen as we find there's no truth in advertising, mourn the loss of Wes...


Slaughter High (1986)

Sean discovers what is perhaps the only 80's British slasher movie, Slaughter High (1986). It's set in the USA but filmed in England, with British actors faking their way through American accents as they recount the tale of a tormented nerd, disfigured by his classmates, who returns to stalk and kill them at a high school reunion. Listen as we get the theme music stuck in our heads, add the beautiful Caroline Munro to the Freak Show Hall of Fame, and catalog the slaughter of Slaughter High...


Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1973)

Colin hits the road with the Shogun's executioner and his son in Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1973), the fourth in a series of cult Japanese samurai movies that follow the exploits of the deadliest father/son duo in the history of mass slaughter. Together they cut through an endless supply of hypertensive ninjas and tangle with a topless, tattooed female assassin. Listen as we mispronounce all sorts of Japanese words, marvel at the film's excessive bloodletting, and stand in awe...


Catwoman (2004)

Michaela thinks Catwoman (2004) is the purrrfect way to prove that no matter how bad you think comic book movies can get, they can always get worse. Oscar winner Halle Berry stars as a meek graphic designer who becomes possessed by an immortal housecat, which leads her to dress like a stripper to get revenge on the evil cosmetics company who wronged her. Listen to the dismay in our voices as we try to puzzle out who thought this movie was a good idea on this week's exciting episode!


Cliffhanger (1993)

Holly scales to the height of adventure with Sylvester Stallone's Cliffhanger (1993), which finds the action star as a rescue climber crawling over mountains at the command of super-villain John Lithgow (and his phony English accent) in pursuit of three suitcases containing $100 million. Listen as we marvel over the film's stuntwork, twirl our mustaches with over the top villainy, and try not to leave you hanging by the end of this week's exciting episode!


John Carpenter's Village of the Damned (1993)

Sean suffers a parental nightmare when kids start reading minds and killing people with their thoughts in John Carpenter's Village of the Damned (1993). After an unexplained blackout, women in a small, isolated village awaken to find themselves pregnant; the children grow up to be emotionless, blonde automatons who all share a collective consciousness and ultimately want to enslave humanity with their alien will. Listen as we chat about the downslide of John Carpenter's directorial career,...


10 to Midnight (1983)

Colin tries to rescue the Summer of Cannon with the Charles Bronson-starring slasher hybrid 10 to Midnight (1983). The flick finds cop Bronson squaring off against a coed-killing psycho who strips buck naked to stalk and kill his quarry; he eventually bends the law to keep his nursing student daughter (Beverly Hills Cop's Lisa Eilbacher) safe from the killer's clutches. Listen as we talk about Hollywood vigilantes, Bronson's career, flesh dongles, strange 80's sex toys, and coin the phrase...


The Thing (2011)

Sean would prefer not to spend the winter tied to a couch with The Thing (2011), a remake of John Carpenter's seminal 1982 sci-fi/horror classic that's disguised itself as a prequel. Here, we get to find out what happened to that ill-fated Norwegian team before Kurt Russell and co. discovered it, only this time we're lead into battle by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Listen as we give the poorly received reThing another shot, tell tales of practical effects-averse studios, and take a look at each...


The Meg (2018)

Holly goes chumming for a giant prehistoric shark in the action-thriller The Meg (2018), a tale of a hungry megalodon, which has survived for thousands of years at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, that gets loose thanks to some meddling deep-sea scientists. Man-of-action Jason Statham is called in to track and kill the fearsome beast before it can make lunch out of hundreds of Chinese beachgoers. Listen as we consider the film's troubled production history, contemplate all the killer...


The Boy Next Door (2015)

Michaela might like to live next to The Boy Next Door (2015), as long as he doesn't turn out to be a raving psychopath! Unfortunately for Jennifer Lopez, she doesn't have that kind of luck. Teacher J Lo has one night stand with the 19-year-old next door neighbor/student and quickly comes to regret it as he turns out to be a unhinged nutball. Listen as we pine for the return of the erotic thriller genre, consider the career longevity of director Rob Cohen, and imagine the process to get one's...


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Kolin kontends with Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)! In this pastiche of 1950's-era alien invasion flicks, clown-like creatures from space arrive in a small American town and begin luring and trapping the citizenry using circus-inspired gags including cotton candy cocoons and lethal popcorn guns, while two lovebirds try to get the authorities to believe and assist them in stopping the killer clowns before it's too late. Listen as we prattle on about the Chidodo Brothers, clown gags,...


Hercules (1983)

Michaela parts the continents, brings down the wrath of the gods, and tosses bears into space alongside Hercules (1983), starring Lou ("The Incredible Hulk") Ferrigno as the musclebound hero. In this unholy alliance between Cannon Films and Italian genre cinema, Starcrash director Luigi Cozzi guides Hercules through his 12 labors, complete with power swords, laser beams, robot monsters, scantily clad ladies, and feats of strength. Listen as we marvel at the adventures of the mighty...


The Last Exorcism (2010)

Holly tries to cast out the Devil (and his junior partner Abalam) using The Last Exorcism (2010). A documentary film crew follows a charismatic preacher who has fallen from grace and now intends to expose exorcism as hokum; but, of course, the remote farm he's summoned to may be home to real demonic evil after all. Listen as we dive in to the Freak Show's first found-footage movie and talk about demons, religion, and giant sharks on this week's exciting episode!


I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Sean uses the word "nostalgia" one time too many in his review of I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) as a quartet of Hollywood up-and-comers, including Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar, appear in this Scream-style "diet" slasher movie in which they are each stalked by a killer in a fisherman's getup as payback for a murder they covered up the year before. Listen as we try to work out some slasher-movie logic, connect dots between performers in 1990's TV shows, and admire J...


Alligator (1980)

Colin discovers there really are giant alligators living in the sewers in the monster movie Alligator (1980), which finds cop Robert Forster hunting down the 25 foot long beast that ate his partner. Said gator had been down in the sewers eating disposed of test animals from a pharmaceutical company, and all hell breaks loose when it comes above ground and starts chomping its way through the mean streets of the city! Listen as we talk about receding hairlines, live animals on miniature...


Double Impact (1991)

Holly thinks the only actor good enough to star opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme is Jean-Claude Van Damme in Double Impact (1991), which finds the action star stretching his acting muscles to play two brothers - separated at birth - who meet up in Hong Kong to get revenge for their parents' murder. Listen as we talk about Hollywood's history of actors acting opposite themselves, the weirdness of neon-lit sex dreams, and reluctantly (accidentally?) add JCVD to the SNFS Wall of Fame, on this...


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Michaela's chases her Cannon Films fixation directly into a chainsaw duel against The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). It's 13 years later and the cannibalistic clan of psychos prowl the back roads of Texas, selling their own brand of BBQ and stalking a radio DJ while a vengeful ex-Texas Ranger named "Lefty" pursues them in order to meet out his own brand of justice. Listen as we ponder the cultural significance of the official sequel to one of the greatest horror films of all time, bask in...


Shocking Dark (1989)

Sean gives up on life and happiness by subjecting himself and to the Italian-made Aliens/Terminator ripoff Shocking Dark (1989). Borrowing so liberally from James Cameron's films as so we're sure there was a lawsuit involved, a group of soldiers get trapped in a tunnel underneath futuristic Venice where slimy creatures are out to get them. And, there might be a Terminator. And time travel, too. Listen as we analyze the new Halloween trailer! But first, you have to listen to us talk about...


The Blob (1988)

Colin celebrates the 30th anniversary of the practical effects monster movie The Blob (1988). A meteor falls to earth carrying a sentient, gooey substance that grows larger by absorbing living organisms and soon grows large enough to threaten a small town. Only The Lesser Dillon and that girl from the Saw movies stand between humanity and a killer glob of alien goo in this sci-fi remake of the 50's classic. Listen as we talk about remakes, practical effects magic, and mullets on this week's...


Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

Michaela finds the soul for getting down to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) a Cannon-produced cash-grab sequel with one of the most memorable titles in all of filmdom. In this musical adventure, our heroes Special K, Ozone and Turbo find that an evil corporate developer wants to install a shopping mall (gasp!) on the site of their community performance hall. What can be done to save the day? Put on a dance show, of course! Listen as we begin 2018's Summer of Cannon with our own sequel...